Jacob Trouba at the forefront of Rangers’ newfound grit

RALEIGH, NC – Remember all that talk about how the Rangers needed grit? It was less than a year ago, so it still seems like a fresh narrative. At the end of last season, the way the Rangers lost five of their last six games – which included three shutouts – against physical teams like … Read more

Rangers’ discipline under Gerard Gallant has paid dividends

RALEIGH, NC – Game 6 in Pittsburgh, Rangers down 3-2 in the series and 2-0 in the match early in the second period. Ryan Lindgren slashes Evan Rodrigues. There is no call on the play. Rodrigues responds by roughing No. 55. He’s called for the retaliatory penalty. Five seconds later, Mika Zibanejad wires one home … Read more

Rangers’ power play making difference against Hurricanes

Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said he’s happy with how his team played in two straight losses to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. But as the second-round series shifts back to Raleigh, NC, for Game 5 on Thursday night, he is looking at one area for his team to improve. “We want to score on … Read more

Max Domi doesn’t get Rangers’ ‘overreaction’ to ‘nothing play’

The company line for the Hurricanes following the Max Domi-induced fisticuffs at the end of Game 3 has been to scoff at the Rangers’ reaction to the situation. Domi himself would agree. “That was literally a nothing to play,” Domi told The Post on Tuesday morning, regarding his cross-check on Ryan Lindgren that sent sparks … Read more

Rangers hurt by faceoff woes vs. Hurricanes

Perhaps it is time for Chris Drury to speed dial Pierre Racicot. Remember back in training camp when the Blueshirts’ newly minted president-general manager invited the newly retired NHL linesman to work with the team on its perpetual issues at the faceoff dots? Racicot’s counsel paid some dividends during the season, maybe scant, but the … Read more

Could miss weeks after Nazem Kadri hit

Another controversial play involving the Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri could force Blues goalie Jordan Binnington to miss the rest of the second-round series between the two teams. And Binnington is apparently holding Kadri responsible as he reportedly threw a water bottle at Kadri as the forward conducted a postgame interview on TNT. Binnington left Saturday’s Game … Read more

Sammy Blais’ return to Rangers for NHL playoffs still possible

RALEIGH, NC – Sammy Blais, who tore his ACL in mid-November, was back on the ice with the Rangers for their optional morning skate on Wednesday before their 2-1 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series. “It’s a great sign,” head coach Gerard Gallant said. “He’s worked hard and … Read more

Rangers need Igor Shesterkin to be at his best vs. Hurricanes

It would be wrong to say Igor Shesterkin’s importance is heightened against the Hurricanes compared with the importance of anyone else on the team, because it is nearly impossible for the goaltender to be any more important than he already is to the Rangers. That has been evident all season, as the Rangers have drastically … Read more

Mika Zibanejad has kept the magic alive under Gerard Gallant

RALEIGH, NC – This is a tale that goes back to fairly early in the season when the Rangers were trying to establish themselves under incoming head coach Gerard Gallant. The record was 10-4-3 and achieved largely on the singular brilliance of Igor Shesterkin when the Sabres visited the Garden on Nov. 21. It was … Read more

Rangers-Hurricanes series odds, preview, prediction

Commercial Content 21+ If you told hockey bettors at the end of April that the Hurricanes would be -190 favorites over the Rangers in a playoff series, those punters would have told you that you’re getting a great price on the Blueshirts. The Rangers finished the season just six points behind the first-place Hurricanes and … Read more